The Great Holiday Debate: Real vs. Artifical Trees

| 12/7/2016 4:58:00 PM

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Christmas trees are a treasured tradition brought to America from Germany in the 1700’s. Believe it or not, the American Christmas Tree Association says that the very first Christmas trees in the states were relatively “artificial.” While still made with natural materials, wooden pyramids were constructed, then decorated with greenery and candles. This Holiday tradition started out as a mix of our distinctly separate preferences today; real trees and artificial ones.

Truly artificial trees came into play when Germany feared they were over harvesting their forests. Goose feathers and poles were used to create reusable versions, which were converted into the plastic variations in the US. 

The ACTA also states if a household uses an artificial Christmas tree longer than 4 years, their carbon footprint would be smaller than an identical household that cuts down a fresh one every year. Whichever you choose, a Christmas tree accounts for only .1% of a family’s annual carbon footprint.

 This does not settle the debate of which is better, there are other factors to consider. Each fact that comes into play may be specifically more significant to each unique individual. Let’s weigh it out.

Artificial Trees

11/23/2017 12:25:20 PM

Love real trees!!! growing up we always had a real one, then we decided that it was a better idea to buy a "balled" live one and plant it; we did for years, even as we grew up. As folks grew older and health wasnt good, he wanted to have a tree for mom (who was very ill) but didnt have energy or time to get one. so he asked me if I would take him out to get an artificial one, he didnt know about them. we did, it was beautiful, but not the same. No matter what manufacturers do, they will NEVER duplicate the smell of a real tree!!! but to comment on the dilemna, if you can use it year after year, then it will be money well spent and helping the planet. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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